Grid’s science editor looks at the virus that surfaced suddenly this summer — in the midst of the covid pandemic.
Overall risk of contracting monkeypox is low, but college students and some athletes could face a greater chance of encountering the virus.
Injecting a smaller amount of vaccine into the skin could stretch existing supply, but there’s not much data to go on.
The monkeypox emergence now has allowed it to become connected to other cultural tropes, including lasting conspiracies about covid-19 and an anti-queer political climate.
The U.S. has struggled to get monkeypox vaccine to those who need it, and Africa has no access to the shots.